Early that Sunday morning, after Jesus was crucified, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb, and found the stone rolled away from the door. Running back to the house, she found Peter and John and told them. They too ran to the tomb and saw it open, and went inside, where they found the grave clothes and the face cloth, lying separate and empty.Standing outside the tomb, Mary was weeping; after a bit, she stooped down and looked inside. There, she saw two angels in white, sitting in the place where Jesus had been laid. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” they asked her.

She told them it was because her Lord had been taken away, and she did not know where He had been put. And as she turned to go, she saw Jesus, but did not recognize Him. “Dear woman,” He said to her, “why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”

She explained again– her Lord was gone, and if he would tell her where the body had been taken, she would go and get it.

“Mary,” He said.  And in that moment, that voice, she knew Who He was and rushed to Him.

“Don’t cling to Me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find My brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.'” John 20:17 NLT

The cross was finished, the victory won. Jesus was alive, never again to die. And as He prepared to return to His Father, His first message to His disciples was that they were now His Brothers.  They had been His followers– His children, He had called them. And they had called Him “Master” and “Lord”. It didn’t matter that they had failed Him, that they had fled and left Him alone in the Garden. In that moment of His resurrection, He had welcomed them as His Brothers; He had, once again, shared with them His Father and His God.

 

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